Catch Some Rails Contest 2016

Catch Some Rails - A Snowboarder on a rail.

After the Catch Some Rails contest had to be postponed two weeks ago, the re-edition could take place on the 19th of march in the Neighborhood Snowpark at the Weinebene Resort in Styria. Blazing sunshine greeted all riders. In the morning, it was time for some practise runs in the park and after a short lunchbreak with treats from Almdudler, Afro Coffee, Red Bull and Hirter Bier, the contest took place in the afternoon.

The level was very high and many riders offered a huge bag of tricks, which made it rather difficult for the judges to make their decisions.

Results Ski Ladies:
1. Hanni Janesch
2. Sophie Brandl
3. Maria Hütter

Catch Some Rails Podium Girls Ski
Catch Some Rails Podium Girls Ski

Results Snowboard Ladies:
1. Elena Hammer
1. Andrea Szathmari (ex aequo)

Catch Some Rails Podium Snowboard Girls
Catch Some Rails Podium Snowboard Girls

All participantes received goodie bags with free stuff from 32, Picture, Ecophant, Coulour Wear and Zimtstern.

Stay tuned for the late season events in april and may!


Neighborhood Jam 2016

Neighborhood Snowpark Jam 2016

Neighborhood Snowpark Jam 2016

on the 13th of february, the Neighborhood Jam 2016 took place in the Neighboorhood Snowpark at the Weinebene in Styria.

10 centimeters of fresh snow and wonderful sunshine got all contestants fired up to compete in the snowpark. in the morning, it was time for the qualifiers. after a short lunch break, where all the riders could indulge in food, beer and beverages like almdudler, red bull and afro coffee, the finals were on in the afternoon.

the good mood of all participants pushed the riding levels high up and everyone threw down their best tricks in the park.

Steffi Reicht from Graz scored the first place in the snowboard girls category, Babsi Wallner from Lower Austria came in second.
Sophie Brandl won the ski girls category.


Neighborhood Snowpark Jam 2016
the podium – congratulations to all contestants!

the full results:

Ski Girls:
1. Sophie Brandl
2. Maria Hütter

Snowboard Girls:
1. Stefanie Reicht
2. Babsi Wallner
3. Andrea Szathmari
4. Claudia Rothdeutsch

all riders received nice goodies from the sponsors Intersport Pilz, Picture Organic Clothing, 32, Nitro, Völkl and Zimtstern.


the next Neighboorhood Snowpark contest will be on the 5th of march, mark this date in your calendars and be there!



Review of the Action Cats Beginner Snow Parkcoaching

Action Cats Snow Park Coaching - Cheering Group

Action Cats Snow Park Coaching - Cheering Group


Action Cats Snow Park Coaching - Snowboarder sliding a funbox

on the 3rd of january 2016, a beginner park coaching for snowboarders and skiers organized by Action Cats took place at the Neighborhood Snowpark in the Weinebene resort in Styria near Graz. the Neighborhood Snowpark crew did all they could to provide the ladies with the best conditions possible for their camp.
the aim of the Action Cats coachings is to enable women to get to know other female riders and experience a joyful day on the mountain.

Action Cats Snow Park Coaching

Action Cats Snow Park Coaching - Skier jumping over Kicker

Babs Bayer was the snowboard coach of the day, taking care of the riders who were very eager to improve their park skills.
they worked on basics like 50-50 sliding the box, but also on harder tricks like boardslides. they also improved their kicker skills.


for the first time, skiers also participated in an Action Cats coaching, they received lots of pointers by skicoach Felix Ehmann.


everyone was able to learn something new.

Action Cats Snow Park Coaching - Snowboarder sliding a funbox


at the end of the coaching session, all riders received a beautiful goodie bag from Blue Tomato and one lucky raffle winner was able to take home an Action Cats hoodie designed by Naja Puhan from Black Bear & White Bear.

Action Cats Snow Park Coaching - Blue Tomato Goodie Bag
it was a successful day for all participants with a lot of happy faces all around.

all pics can be found here.

Marie-France Roy – Quality of Life

Still from the movie Marie-France Roy - The Quality of Life

Marie-France Roy is not only one of the best snowboarders in the world, she is also into other boardsports, such as surfing or skateboarding, and a dedicated environmental activist.

Quality of Life is a short film about MFR, where she gives us an insight into her last season, talks about producing her kickstarter campaign funded movie The Little Things (watch the trailer here), and explains her connection with nature. we can join her in the garden of her self-built home, go snowboarding with her and watch her surf with friends.

A Winter’s Tale

german snowboarder Nicola Thost played a big role in developing womens freestyle snowboarding. she won the halfpipe contest at the olympics in 1998 and didn’t stop winning contests after that.

in 2010, she decided to quit riding halfpipe contests. in the same year, she started an initiative called Sprungbrett to help kids and teenagers to pursue their dream of becoming pro snowboarders.

come the winter of 2014/2015, Nicola got the chance to try her hand at freeride contests. she scored a wildcard for one event of the Freeride World Tour and made her way to the finals in Verbier.
with a mix of freestyle tricks and high-speed, fluid riding, she was even able to win the legendary event in Verbier.

congrats Nicola, you keep inspiring us!